And a Child Shall Lie to Them
- Adults are unable to tell when children are lying
With their wide eyes and innocent hearts, you might think it's easy to tell when a child is lying. Oh no it isn't. Not according to Leif Stromwall and colleagues, who found adults were useless at detecting when children were lying.
It's no wonder the undergrads were so poor at spotting the children's lies - the children seemed to anticipate their lie-detection strategies. For example, the most commonly used cue the undergrads said they looked for was a lack of detail in the children's accounts, but meanwhile the children's most commonly cited strategy for appearing convincing was to add detail to their accounts by drawing on information they knew about from other people's experiences. The undergrads also said they had looked for signs of nerves, while the children said they had tried to stay calm.
I wonder if there's some builtin circuitry to believe kids ? Could be adaptive for their survival.
son of parnas
April 19th, 2007 10:36am
>the most commonly used cue the undergrads said they looked for was a lack of detail in the children's accounts
Interesting, because to me one of the biggest indicator of a lie is *excessive* detail -- people who think decorating and bedazzling their account with specific details makes it more believable.
April 19th, 2007 10:41am
Undergrads? They're complaining that UNDERGRADS can't detect children's lies?
Of course they can't, they're UNDERGRADS! They've never had children, they know NOTHING!
Most of them have never even had a JOB! And you're making conclusions about "Adults" based on UNDERGRADS?!
Oy. Some people's children.
April 19th, 2007 11:19am
Gotta admit, that was a poor population to choose from. It's like asking a group of men to identify effective strategies for dealing with menstrual cramps.
Not that I claim to be any good at sniffing out a kid's bullshit story. At times they live in their own reality that is completely isolated from the one the rest of us live in, so that they often believe their lies. Heck, sounds like some of our nation's leaders.
I have found that every time somebody says "I swear by Allah" he's lying; without a single exception.
April 19th, 2007 1:52pm
Since when are adults good at telling when other adults lie to them?
April 19th, 2007 4:18pm
I would imagine that the ability to conceal truth would be an evolutionarily selected for skill.
April 20th, 2007 7:14am
Why, because "No, there's not a tiger over there" helps the clan survive?
April 20th, 2007 10:01am
Having the ability doesn't mean you use it all the time
April 20th, 2007 10:24am
Evolutionists reckon that the driving force behind the increase in human brain size was the advantage to be gained by successfully deceiving other humans.
April 20th, 2007 12:35pm
Wow, that's obscure. And I think it has a 'chicken and egg' problem -- which came first, the big brain able to lie, or the big brain which could be lied to?
'Cause a tiger doesn't particularly care what you tell it as it's about to eat you.
I've heard the big brain development explained by better and better tool use. I've heard it explained as 'more cooling' allowing early man to run longer and faster. I've heard it explained through "language development" -- but not to lie, just to plan hunts and future activities.
But never through lieing -- that's a new one.
April 20th, 2007 4:01pm
April 20th, 2007 7:39pm